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Features & Articles : Three Perfect Days in Silicon Valley

  By Andy Clarke (with apologies to United Airlines)
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Instructor Dan Burden describes the detail of Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz, to the staff
Imagine you are driving to work one day and drivers actually wave you safely into traffic instead of trying to block you out; where you greet your fellow commuters with a friendly nod of recognition and idle chatter about current events instead of giving them the finger; and a stranger remonstrates with others to let you onto the already packed highway. Sound too good to be true? Well, it happens every morning in the bicycle cars of the Caltrain service between San Jose and San Francisco.

I was in the Silicon Valley for a training course for the staff of six Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) selected to implement a series of eight Walkability Audits in their local communities. Sponsored by the Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center and managed by Walkable Communities Inc., the grant program is jump-starting Walkability Audits (an evolution of the Pedestrian Roadshow pioneered by the Federal Highway Administration and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) in MPOs.

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